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The first image I selected is entitled No Woman, No Cry and was created by Chris Ofill in 1998. I selected this object because of how the artist paid so much attention to accentuating key features in the woman's face and on her body. The painting is colorful and vibrant which reminds me of the caribbean culture. Bob Marley's popular reggae song is the painting’s inspiration. It accentuates the woman's braided hair, her voluptuous lips, colorful beads and clothes and thus her cultural and racial affiliation. This appeals to my collection because I wanted to focus of the importance of physical features that can be associated with cultural identity such as clothing and jewelry. The second photo that I chose was called “Christ Nailed to the Cross”, and the image is literally a painting of Jesus dying for the sins of the believers on earth on a wooden cross. This painting was created in 1481 by Gerard David. I chose this image because not only is cultural identity physical but it can also be spiritual. Many Catholics believe that Jesus sacrificed himself for the good of mankind and it is this common belief that brings a group of people together to worship one common god. In this photo Jesus is wearing nothing more than a rag and a thorn crown. This lack of clothing shows his low social ranking during his time here on earth. The civilians that are nailing him to the cross are completely covered from head to toe in colorful clothing to represent their superiority over Jesus. According to Catholicism Jesus had nothing more than his faith and the clothes on his back but society looked down on him for preaching what he believed and going against societal normality. The third photo that I selected is entitled Saint Gaudioso and was created by Girolamo Romanino in about 1524. I selected this image because like the previous image showing Jesus dying on the cross, it shows the significance of religion in a society. To put the title "Saint" in front of a man's name is like giving him religious authority and power over an ordinary man. It shows that he is associating with the lord on another level and should be praised for his efforts and given a name that represents his holiness. Imagine this photo without the headpiece, drape, bible, and clouds in the background. It would just be a man standing for a painting looking a lot like an ordinary civilian. The significance of these objects is crucial is exhibiting to the world the saint’s high social rank and noteworthy influence in the religious culture. For example, the clouds in the background of the painting compare the saint to god himself sitting up in heaven preaching to mankind the word of the lord. My galleries purpose it to show how objects in a photo tell a lot of about the culture that they affiliate with.

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